Guest Author - Gwendolyn Thompson
Understanding the myths surrounding job interviews can be an important factor in your job interview preparation. It would be in your best interest to learn the truth behind these myths by identifying the areas of expectation and what really happens during an interview.
The following is a list of what I consider to be the most important myths of a job interview and how you can deal with them. Preparing for a job interview takes priority in getting the job so knowing what to expect during the interview can give you the advantage over others.
Myth: If you have been contacted for an interview then the position has not been filled yet.
This is not true as some companies will use interviews for market research for comparison purposes while others will interview as a courtesy or for possible future job openings. Either way it is still worth attending as you never know where an interview may lead you.
Myth: You should always keep your answers short so that the interviewer can ask more questions.
Interviewers expect you to talk at least two thirds of the time in a good interview. This is where doing your research will pay off. Being able to talk at length about the company and how you are the right hire will spare the interviewer from coming up with another question to ask.
Myth: There is a right answer to every interview question that is asked.
There is no correct way to answer an interview question. How you approach the question can be more important than the answer. Hypothetical questions are best answered by comparing them to a similar situation and giving the interviewer an outcome of that situation.
Myth: The most qualified person will get the job.
Interviewers are looking for someone who will fit the job, therefore, the right personality will almost always win over qualifications status in the eyes of the interviewer. At the end of the interview always ask questions and address any concerns the interviewer may have.
Myth: Interviewers will expect references at the end of the interview.
Do not offer references until they are requested. Most employers will not ask for references until the interview process has been completed. You will want time to select the best references to use for this particular job interview as well as time to prepare them for contact by the employer.
Finally, keep in mind that the person conducting the interview is not always prepared and could be overworked and stressed due to staff shortage as well as the need to hire someone. If it is obvious that they have not read your resume then incorporate it in your discussion of why you are right for the job.